The total number of coronavirus variant cases in Manitoba shot up by 300 Friday and two more people have died with COVID-19, one of them due to a more contagious variant.
Manitoba announced 181 new cases of COVID-19 on Friday.
The number of Manitobans in hospital due to COVID-19 decreased slightly to 144, with 35 of those people in intensive care. Dr. Jazz Atwal, acting deputy chief provincial public health officer, said the number in hospital has remained steady lately, but the number in ICU has been trending up in recent weeks.
The provincial test positivity rate — a five-day rolling average of COVID-19 test results that come back positive — increased slightly to 6.5 per cent. It’s 6.8 per cent in Winnipeg, compared to 6.5 per cent on Thursday.
Two more deaths were also announced: a man in his 50s from Winnipeg and another Winnipeg man in his 70s whose death is linked to the B117 coronavirus variant originally detected in the U.K.
So far, 964 people have died due to COVID-19, including three due to variants of concern.
The total number of variant cases to date reached 1,201 on Friday, up from 901. Variant cases are reported more slowly than overall case numbers because extra time is needed to identify them. Active variant cases also spiked from 277 to 499.
The province also released a map Friday of hot spot areas in the province where everyone over 18 is now eligible to be vaccinated: Inkster east, Point Douglas south and downtown east.
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